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Apple Butter Bars

I have a sickness.

It may or may not be acknowledged by the medical community, but if I were to assign a clinical name, I might call it “perfectionistic-overachieving-itis”. Also known as POI. I pronounce it “poy” in my head.



After a long day of work/meetings/dinner prep/bath time/gift wrapping, you remember that you’ve agreed to make cookies for child A’s Christmas program the next day.

Store bought? No way.

Easy, 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies? Nope.


Persons afflicted with POI are compelled to stay up late creating cute, Santa Claus inspired cookies.

Side affects:

Anger when the program where aforementioned cookies are to be served is cancelled due to freezing rain.

My name is Holley. I have POI.


These apple butter bars could be a cure for POI.


We were having some friends over for dinner tonight. We needed dessert. I got home at 4. They were arriving at 6. I needed fast. I needed holiday-esque. If I looked at another Santa cookie I might punch someone in the face.


My POI urges had no room to surface. Matty B was cleaning the house almost faster than the kids could mess it up. Dinner was up to me and time was quickly ticking away.


Flour, sugar, butter, pinch of salt in the food processor=crust and topping.

Apple butter from a jar is the filling. 35 total minutes in the oven.



I had a secret desire to add a caramel drizzle, but that’s just the POI talking.

Sometimes I should listen…caramel drizzle you say…?

Apple Butter Bars


1 1/2 cups WW pastry flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
10 TBS Earth Balance vegan butter
Sprinkle of salt
1/3-1/2 cup apple butter (or preserves of your choice)


Pulse all ingredients except apple butter in food processor until crumbly.

Reserve 1/3 cup of crumble. Press remainder into 8×8 baking pan. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Spread baked crust with apple butter and sprinkle with remaining topping. Bake an additional 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and cut into 16 bars.


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